Kansas State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Kansas Income Tax Table
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The Kansas Income Tax
Kansas collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of 6.45%, spread across three tax brackets. Like the Federal Income Tax, Kansas' income tax allows couples filing jointly to pay a lower overall rate on their combined income with wider tax brackets for joint filers. There are a total of twenty states with higher marginal income tax rates then Kansas.
Unlike many other states, Kansas does not allow municipalities or school districts to collect additional surtaxes on earned income on top of the Kansas income tax. However, 30 Kansas counties, 105 Kansas cities, and 400 Kansas townships impose a local intangibles tax on interest, dividends, and securities transactions (but not wages).
The surtaxes are generally uniform: county taxes is 0.75%, and city and township taxes are 2.25%. No city or township has a rate higher than 2.25%, and 36 have a lower rate, as low as 0.25%. These surtaxes cumulatively raised approximately $2.4 million in 2008.
Tax returns are due by April 17th of each year, with eFiled tax returns and electronic payments accepted and encouraged by the state. If you cannot pay your income tax in full, you are encouraged to submit a partial payment with your tax return and submit a request for a tax payment plan, which will include interest. Alternately, you can use a credit card to pay your tax debt, although a "service charge" of several percent will likely apply. For details about payment plans, call the Kansas Department of Revenue at 1-785-368-8222.Kansas Income Tax Refund
As a perk if you choose to e-File your income tax return, Kansas will direct-deposit your income tax refund to a bank account of your choice as soon as two weeks after your tax return is filed. If you file a paper tax return, your refund will be mailed as a check and may take significantly longer to arrive. In both cases, you can check your refund's status online at any time through Kansas' tax refund portal by entering your Social Security Number. There are -34 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2013.
Kansas Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Kansas income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Kansas tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Kansas, see the list of Kansas income tax deductions.
- The Kansas standard deduction is $3,000.00 for individuals and $6,000.00 for married couples filing jointly. The standard deduction may be chosen instead of filing an itemized deduction on your Kansas tax return.
- Kansas' personal income tax exemptions include a personal exemption of $2,250.00. You can deduct one single exemption from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Kansas has a dependent exemption of $2,250.00. You may claim one dependent examption for each of the children, relatives, or others who live with and are supported by you as described § 152 of the IRC (Internal Revenue Code).
- Kansas allows itemized deductions, and you can claim the same itemized deductions on your Kansas tax return as you do on your Federal tax return. You must choose between itemizing your deductions and choosing the Kansas standard deduction, so it's generally only worth itemizing your deductions if your itemized total is more then the Kansas and Federal standard deductions. For more details, visit the list of Kansas itemized deductions.
Kansas Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Kansas Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Kansas Tax Return
Estimated Income Tax Returns
Kansas Department of Revenue
915 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS 66625-2000
Income Tax Returns
Kansas Department of Revenue
915 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS 66699-1000
e-Filing: Submit Your Kansas Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Kansas income tax directly with the Department of Revenue . Benefits of e-Filing your Kansas tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
Kansas encourages all taxpayers to utilize the state's free WebFile program, which offers free efiling capabilities to all taxpayers regardless of income or filing type. To eFile your Kansas income tax return you'll need a user account on Kansas.gov, which can be obtained in only a few minutes with an email account. Once you have a Kansas.gov account, you will be able to access the Kansas WebFile system and efile your tax return, as well as easily check for the status of your tax refund.
To e-file your Kansas and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Kansas Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Kansas, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Kansas tax refund, you can visit the Kansas Department of Revenue Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Kansas income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Kansas' 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Kansas Department of Revenue and Tax Foundation data.
- Kansas tax forms are sourced from the Kansas Department of Revenue income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Kansas forms you are using are up-to-date.